The Starry Messenger tickets

In the vastness of the universe are we all just lonely souls under the same night sky? Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut in The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan, Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester By The Sea.

Mark Williams is lost. An astronomer at New York City’s Planetarium, he feels a closer connection to the infinite, starry sky than to his job or even to his wife, Anne.  Mark doesn’t believe in fate or divine intervention, but the universe has other ideas. After a chance meeting with Angela, a young single mother, Mark feels starry-eyed. But when a catastrophic event rips through their lives, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe itself.

Starring Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mel Brooks’ The Producers), and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey, The Handmaid’s Tale), this bittersweet, comic drama is an unblinking exploration of love, hope and understanding our place in the universe, by one of the most celebrated writers working today.

“Breathtaking” Time Out

“The Starry Messenger establishes Mr. Lonergan as a possessor of all the crucial parts of a good dramatist’s anatomy: a critical mind, an empathetic heart and a musical ear that hears whole lives in sentences.” New York Times

Customer Reviews
Customer reviews 4.2
6 reviews
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20 May 2019

The story was ok but too slow with too much unnecessary and boring dialogue. It felt as though the play never got going. The interval was 90 minutes in. The set looked good with nice use of lighting, but sound was an issue for us as the voices didn’t carry very well for some of the actresses. Would not really recommend.

tim smith
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19 May 2019

I think forgetting lines is probably a reflection of the entertainment value of the show. some really good parts, but spoilt by some really dull scenes. good potential, but really lacklustre. Matthew's final monologue was so long and had absolutely no purpose, highlights or finale. quite disappointing!

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19 May 2019

A wonderful play, it keeps your interest throughout the course of the 3 hours, with a roller coaster of emotions. The characters were all very believable. Highly recommend it. Well worth the journey down to London.

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19 May 2019

Great play. Fine performances bt the whole cast. Thoroughly enjoyable night. Matthew Broderick is a welcome addition to the London Theatre Scene.

Louis Max
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18 May 2019

The show started abruptly in the classroom with Broderick holding court, the story, though slow to hold my attention, eventually was captivating and brought a nice sense of satisfaction at the end. Would highly recommend for any theatre goers in the area. Though tickets may be sold out online, if you show up at the door there are often people selling them outside. Cheers!

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When is it showing
Today - 10 Aug 2019

Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds available after purchase. 


2 hours 30 minutes approx (including interval)

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email. Please print the confirmation email and bring it along with some photo ID to the box office at the theatre.  We recommend you allow 30-40 minutes to collect your tickets and settle into your seats

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 12 years +

When Can I Go

Performances from: Thursday 16 May 2019 until Saturday 10 August 2019 

Previews: 16 May – 28 May 2019  ( Preview pricing not applicable on 28 May)

16th July at 7.30pm performance will be captioned.    


Performance Schedule 

  • Monday to Saturday: 7.30pm 
  • Wednesday & Saturday: 2.30pm 
Where Do I Go

Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Take an immediate left down Duncannon Street and then turn right up St Martins Place. Continue past the Garrick Theatre as the road turns into Charing Cross Road. The theatre is next to Leicester Square tube station.